The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) is one of the collaborative R&D Agreements established within the IEA and, since its establishment in 1993, the PVPS participants have been conducting a variety of joint projects in the application of photovoltaic conversion of solar energy into electricity.
2018 was a challenging year for PV development but it finally ended with positive results: more and more countries are adopting PV as a key energy source for this century. The IEA PVPS continues in 2019 to research the conditions for accelerated development of PV globally, from policies to sustainability, from grid integration to quality & reliability, from smart buildings with BIPV to electric mobility embedding PV. 2019 appears to be already on an upward trends for PV development, which will drive the IEA PVPS activities during the entire year.
The IEA PVPS published the following reports in the last months
National Survey Reports of PV Power Applications 2017
The latest National Survey Reports (NSR) are now available for viewing and downloading. As an important deliverable of Task 1, the NSRs provide an in-depth summary of PV policies, market development and industry data in key PV countries. They represent a source of reliable information for researchers, policymakers, energy experts or anyone interested in PV development.
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Task 1 | TRENDS 2018 in Photovoltaic Applications 23rd Edition
This edition browses 23 years of PV installations in the IEA PVPS member countries and many others. Policies to support PV deployment, industry development and the integration of PV in the power sector are analyzed in depth in this report.
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Task 14 | International R&D Project Collection – Advanced Cooperation between Distribution and Transmission Network Operation
This report is a collection of international R&D projects, with a focus on advanced TSO/DSO cooperation procedures. Therefore, 19 international R&D projects from the United States, Europe, and Japan have been identified and their objectives, key findings, and recommendations have been collected and summarized.
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Task 15 | International definitions of “BIPV”
This report provides an overview of current building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) definitions. The definitions have been used in standards to specify their scope, by funding programmes to differentiate between classes of photovoltaic systems that were eligible for different subsidies, and in collaborative research projects and programmes to achieve a common working understanding of the topic.
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Task 12 | Human Health Risk Assessment Methods for PV Part 1: Fire Risks
This report presents an analysis of potential human health impacts associated with chemical release from modules during a building fire for three PV technologies.
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Task 13 | Photovoltaic Module Energy Yield Measurements: Existing Approaches and Best Practice
The report fills some of the normative gaps and helps anyone intending to start energy yield measurements of individual PV modules to obtain a technical insight into the topic, to be able to set‐up his own test facility or to better understand how to interpret results measured by third parties.
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Task 15 | Inventory on Existing Business Models, Opportunities and Issues for BIPV
This report includes examples of various BIPV installations ranging from simple in‐roof residential installations to innovative facade designs on tertiary buildings. 
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Task 13 | TUV Rheinland PV Module Forum 2019

Organized by: IEA PVPS Task 13 | TUV Rheinland

The world’s leading forum for PV module technologies and applications.

Day: 12th - 13th  February 2019
Site: Cologne, Germany
Access: Open to all registered participants

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Webinar | How to Replicate solutions for the flexibility challenge? ReFlex Guidebook presentation

Organized by: Leonardo Energy

Day: 20th February 2019
Time: 2 pm CET
Access: Open to all registered participants

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Task 15 | Applications, Advances and Business Models of BIPV

Organized by: IEA PVPS Task 15 | Intersolar

This session will explore recent technological advances and discuss where the segment may lead in future.

Day: 14th May 2019
Time: 2:30pm - 4pm
Site: Hall ICM München, Munich, Germany
Access: Open to all registered participants

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Task 15 | Experts Meeting

Organized by: IEA PVPS Task 15

Day: 5th - 6th June 2019
Site: Montréal, Canada
Access: Task 15 experts

Task 15 | Task Phase 2 Definition Workshop

Organized by: Task 15

Day: 7th June 2019
Site: Site: Montréal, Canada
Access: Open to all registered participants

Task 16 |  Workshop:  Best practices for quality control procedures and gap fillip methods

Organized by: IEA PVPS Task 16 | 6th ICEM 2019  

Day: 25h June 2019
Time: 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Site: Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Access: Open to all registered participants

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Task 1 | Workshop at 46th IEEE-PVSC

Organized by: IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)

Day: PVPS workshop will be held in conjunction with the conference. Latest information will be posted to PVPS and PVSC46 website.
Site: Sheraton Grand, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Access: Open to all registered participants

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